Teachers College, Columbia University

Community Colleges as Engines for Upward Mobility and Community Vitality

Date and Time: February 16, 2021 11:00 AM–1:00 PM EST
Location: Online

The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism are attacking our communities, but they are not attacking what community colleges do best: our localness. We must leverage this strength now more than ever.  Responding to exposed inequities in educational and other systems will require community colleges to intensify efforts aimed at building equitable and inclusive communities. New forms of collaboration with employers, transfer institutions, and other community organizations will be necessary to help students and communities recover and thrive post-COVID. During this session, participants learned about new data analytics that colleges can use to understand local and regional supply/demand gaps, disaggregated by student populations, and then heard how one college worked to increase social and economic mobility, as well as community recovery and vitality. Participants gained new insights into how they and their colleges can assess needs and opportunities to mount similar efforts in their communities.


Susan Mayer
Chief Learning Officer
Achieving the Dream
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Mohammed Bey
Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

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